Daughters of Empire
Daughters of Empire is about home and family, and the struggle to make them away from the place where you were born and grew up, where others know who you are and you understand instinctively the ways of doing things.
Lakshmi Persaud
ISBN number
Fiction, Novel
Country setting
Trinidad and Tobago
United Kingdom
Publication date
30 Apr 2012

It is a tale of two sisters: Ishani, who stays in Trinidad developing the family business, and Amira, who must negotiate, on behalf of the family, the intricacies of relationships with their neighbours in the London suburb of Mill Hill. Ishani is a richly comic creation (in a novel of quietly subversive humour), a kind-hearted manipulator determined to keep a grasp on her younger sister, not least to intervene in the lives of her nieces, which – for a good Trinidadian Hindu – means making strategic marriages within the clan. For Amira, there is soul-searching: about how far she can sacrifice her own needs to those of her husband and three daughters – and how far she can expect to keep her daughters away from the seductions of the individualistic lifestyles that surround them. And, as the novel reflects in its structure, those lives – Anjali’s, Satisha’s and Vidya’s – become quite separate stories over which Amira has no control.

Lakshmi Persaud was born in 1939 in Trinidad. She is the author of Butterfly in the Wind, Sastra and For the Love of My Name. She lives in London.

Lakshmi Persaud wearing a pinky red cap and scrarf, smiling

Lakshmi Persaud

Lakshmi Persaud 1937 - 14 January 2024
We have just learned of the sad news of the death of Lakshmi Persaud on the 14th of January, peacefully at her home in Mill Hill, London, surrounded by her children. She was 86.
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